The Minnesota firearms deer hunting season begins this Saturday morning, and the Department of Natural Resources says that it should be another good year for our state’s 500,000 licensed hunters. DNR Big Game Program Leader Leslie McInenly says: “The season outlook this year is pretty good. Based on our harvest regulations last year the population is estimated to be up a little bit so folks should see a few more deer out there. And I expect the harvest should be about what it was last year or a little bit higher than that. The unknowns right now if we are going to get good weather conditions. The crop harvest is delayed relative to last year so folks might find a little more challenging environment.” She expects Minnesota hunters to harvest about 185,000 deer this year, around the same number as a year ago.